Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 20, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Rise, take up your mat and walk! (John 5:8)
Ezekiel describes God's healing love as an ever-flowing stream of purest water that freshens this world's water polluted by sin to bring new life to His people. Christ fulfills the prophet's words. Today's Gospel paints a grim picture of many invalids seeking healing in the pool Bethesda, meaning "house of mercy." They await God to activate the water so that the first person immersed in it would be healed. Jesus approaches a cripple waiting 38 years hoping to be the first to reach the water, but with no help had failed. We wonder at the selfishness of the healed who didn't stay to help him share in their blessing. Jesus shows that good can finally come to those who persist in seeking God's help. Seeing that the man truly sought healing, He tells him to take up his bed and walk. The man's instant obedience, an unquestioning act of faith, allowed God's power to effect his miraculous cure.
Jesus telling the man to go and "sin no more" doesn't imply that his crippling had been a punishment for sin; He is telling the man to draw strength for his new life by remaining united to God in mind and heart. God's love knows that the ill or disabled also need healing in soul and spirit. Sadly, those Pharisees, steeped in empty rules and blind to God's merciful love, negated Christ's (God's) compassion by condemning His healing on the Sabbath.
Merciful God, teach us how to best practice faith, hope and charity through our words and deeds, that we may make your merciful and healing love truly visible in this world. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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